Newport Beach Independent May 19, 2017 : Page 3

newportbeachindy.com MAY 19, 2017 3 Pressure Rises in Fight Over Flight By Cassandra Reinhart | Spe-cial to the NB Indy About 400 South County residents packed Laguna Niguel City Hall on Monday, May 15, for a town hall forum on the changes of flight paths to and from John Wayne Airport. The forum was hosted by Orange County Supervisors Lisa Bartlett and Todd Spitzer and John Wayne Airport, along with local mayors including La-guna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman. “We have had a problem with this in Laguna Beach for 10 years,” Iseman interjected at the meeting. “I think we have an environmental approach to fighting this.” Adverse environmental impact is exactly the basis of a lawsuit filed by the county, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach against the Federal Aviation Ad-ministration (FAA) over its “NextGen” initiative, a result of National Airspace System modernization goals, and in-cludes satellite navigation (vs. ground) and advanced digital communications. The FAA’s initiative encourages airlines to fly more efficient routes while burning less fuel, meaning more stan-dard departures from JWA have been allowed to turn more sharply inland and lower to the ground. Residents from Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and other south Orange County cities say these lower altitude flight paths are increasing noise and pollution. The FAA has chosen to implement NextGen on a regional level, rather than an airport by airport procedure, in 21 geographic areas across the United States. Burbank, Los Angeles, On-tario, Long Beach, San Diego and Palm Springs are all part of this geographic region, called the SoCal Metroplex. “The FAA had over 4,000 comments and regardless of those concerns they still implemented the plan,” Supervisor Lisa Bartlett told the audience. “Their recorded decision was based on no envi-ronmental impacts to this area.” Plane taking off from John Wayne Airport SCUBA Divers Needed to Help Clean Newport Harbor Many of those adverse comments have been made by Laguna Beach residents, some of whom make up the group Citizens for No Plane Noise. The group has written hundreds of letters complaining of the disruptions caused by the new flight paths, and is hoping a grassroots effort similar to the one that kept the El Toro airfield from becoming an international airport 15 years ago will work again. This time they aim to get the FAA to mandate planes keep a higher altitude around John Wayne at all times other than an air emergency. JWA Deputy Airport Director Eric Freed stressed to residents that airspace is regulated by the FAA, including the altitude and location of all aircraft. Bartlett says pilots are requesting early turns from JWA air traffic controllers, who are autonomous from the airport. “If we could get the FAA to mandate to air traffic control, do not allow an early turn unless it is for safety pur-poses,” Bartlett said. Bartlett told residents their continued efforts to protest low-flying aircraft starts with tracking the flights that are disruptive, recording the corresponding data and turning it in to the FAA as a complaint. Representatives from John Wayne Airport presented an overview of a new flight tracking system called VOLANS, which can more accurately track flight data. “Aircraft tail number, airline, altitude, origin, destination, all of that informa-tion is important...so we can start track-ing those specific flights that are going right over your homes,” Bartlett said. Scuba divers Are you an experienced SCUBA diver? If so, the local organization Help Your Harbor needs you, and land based volunteers, to help clean up and pre-serve Newport’s most precious resource, it’s harbor, on Saturday, June 3 More than 100 volunteers are needed to meet at the iconic Balboa Bay Club to launch the first-ever Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup to help purify the 25.2 miles of coastline in the bay and harbor waterways that are impacted by discarded trash and plastics. This is a new program organized by Help Your Harbor, a coalition of community environmental groups and hundreds of volunteers that participate in a variety of beach and water cleanups throughout the year. “Marine pollution destroys ocean habitats, endangers marine and coastal wildlife, causes navigation hazards and threatens human health and safety,” said Mayor Pro Tem Duffy Duffield, owner of the renowned Duffy electric boats. “Unfortunately the harbor is littered with both unintended or careless dis-card of trash as well as accidental drop-ping of personal items big and small that fall into the water. This effort is a great step to maintaining the beauty of one of the world’s most active harbors.” The Balboa Bay Club is the host venue and will be the site where divers and above water volunteers will meet up for a complimentary breakfast and lunch, safety briefing, and post-event party with a live band and awards for most multiple categories of things found during the dive. The post-party is open to the public for a donation of $20. For event details and volunteer regis-tration for both under and above water positions, go to nhunderwatercleanup. com. “The Newport Harbor is one of the community’s most majestic resources, and the Balboa Bay Club is excited to be the host venue,” said Malcolm Smith, General Manager of the Balboa Bay Club. “As a foundering member of Help Your Harbor, we are committed to partnering with organizations such as Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup to keep the beautiful Newport Beach Harbor a clean, safe, healthy and beauti-ful destination for all people to enjoy.”

Pressure Rises In Fight Over Flight

Cassandra Reinhart

About 400 South County residents packed Laguna Niguel City Hall on Monday, May 15, for a town hall forum on the changes of flight paths to and from John Wayne Airport.<br /> <br /> The forum was hosted by Orange County Supervisors Lisa Bartlett and Todd Spitzer and John Wayne Airport, along with local mayors including Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman.<br /> <br /> “We have had a problem with this in Laguna Beach for 10 years,” Iseman interjected at the meeting. “I think we have an environmental approach to fighting this.”<br /> <br /> Adverse environmental impact is exactly the basis of a lawsuit filed by the county, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over its “NextGen”<br /> initiative, a result of National Airspace System modernization goals, and includes satellite navigation (vs. ground) and advanced digital communications.<br /> <br /> The FAA’s initiative encourages airlines to fly more efficient routes while burning less fuel, meaning more standard departures from JWA have been allowed to turn more sharply inland and lower to the ground. Residents from Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and other south Orange County cities say these lower altitude flight paths are increasing noise and pollution.<br /> <br /> The FAA has chosen to implement NextGen on a regional level, rather than an airport by airport procedure, in 21 geographic areas across the United States. Burbank, Los Angeles, Ontario, Long Beach, San Diego and Palm Springs are all part of this geographic region, called the SoCal Metroplex.<br /> <br /> “The FAA had over 4,000 comments and regardless of those concerns they still implemented the plan,” Supervisor Lisa Bartlett told the audience. “Their recorded decision was based on no environmental impacts to this area.”<br /> <br /> Many of those adverse comments have been made by Laguna Beach residents, some of whom make up the group Citizens for No Plane Noise. The group has written hundreds of letters complaining of the disruptions caused by the new flight paths, and is hoping a grassroots effort similar to the one that kept the El Toro airfield from becoming an international airport 15 years ago will work again. This time they aim to get the FAA to mandate planes keep a higher altitude around John Wayne at all times other than an air emergency.<br /> <br /> JWA Deputy Airport Director Eric Freed stressed to residents that airspace is regulated by the FAA, including the altitude and location of all aircraft. Bartlett says pilots are requesting early turns from JWA air traffic controllers, who are autonomous from the airport.<br /> <br /> “If we could get the FAA to mandate to air traffic control, do not allow an early turn unless it is for safety purposes,” Bartlett said.<br /> <br /> Bartlett told residents their continued efforts to protest low-flying aircraft starts with tracking the flights that are disruptive, recording the corresponding data and turning it in to the FAA as a complaint. Representatives from John Wayne Airport presented an overview of a new flight tracking system called VOLANS, which can more accurately track flight data.<br /> <br /> “Aircraft tail number, airline, altitude, origin, destination, all of that information is important...so we can start tracking those specific flights that are going right over your homes,” Bartlett said.<br />

SCUBA Divers Needed To Help Clean Newport Harbor

Are you an experienced SCUBA diver? If so, the local organization Help Your Harbor needs you, and land based volunteers, to help clean up and preserve Newport’s most precious resource, it’s harbor, on Saturday, June 3<br /> <br /> More than 100 volunteers are needed to meet at the iconic Balboa Bay Club to launch the first-ever Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup to help purify the 25.2 miles of coastline in the bay and harbor waterways that are impacted by discarded trash and plastics.<br /> <br /> This is a new program organized by Help Your Harbor, a coalition of community environmental groups and hundreds of volunteers that participate in a variety of beach and water cleanups throughout the year.<br /> <br /> “Marine pollution destroys ocean habitats, endangers marine and coastal wildlife, causes navigation hazards and threatens human health and safety,” said Mayor Pro Tem Duffy Duffield, owner of the renowned Duffy electric boats. “Unfortunately the harbor is littered with both unintended or careless discard of trash as well as accidental dropping of personal items big and small that fall into the water. This effort is a great step to maintaining the beauty of one of the world’s most active harbors.”<br /> <br /> The Balboa Bay Club is the host venue and will be the site where divers and above water volunteers will meet up for a complimentary breakfast and lunch, safety briefing, and post-event party with a live band and awards for most multiple categories of things found during the dive.<br /> <br /> The post-party is open to the public for a donation of $20.<br /> <br /> For event details and volunteer registration for both under and above water positions, go to nhunderwatercleanup. com.<br /> <br /> “The Newport Harbor is one of the community’s most majestic resources, and the Balboa Bay Club is excited to be the host venue,” said Malcolm Smith, General Manager of the Balboa Bay Club. “As a foundering member of Help Your Harbor, we are committed to partnering with organizations such as Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup to keep the beautiful Newport Beach Harbor a clean, safe, healthy and beautiful destination for all people to enjoy.”<br />

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